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Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant Study
Entry ID: VINPCoralTransplantStudy

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Abstract: In a pilot project in the Caribbean (Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands), storm-produced fragments of Acropora palmata, Acropora cervicornis, and Porites porites were collected from donor reefs and transplanted to nearby degraded reefs. Sixty coral fragments were attached to dead-coral substrate (usually upright Acropora palmata skeletons), at similar depths from which they had been collected (1 to 3.5 m), using nylon cable ties. Seventy-five intact colonies were designated as reference colonies. Study colonies were assessed at 6-month intervals for 2 years (1999-2001) and annually thereafter (through 2009).

Purpose: The primary research objective was to evaluate the feasibility of using storm-produced coral fragments as the source of coral transplants to enhance degraded reefs.

Supplemental Information

See for information regarding study. Site includes link to publication: Garrison, V., Ward, G. 2008. Storm-generated coral fragments – A viable source of transplants for reef rehabilitation. Biological Conservation 141: 3089-3100.

Data was published May 18, 2010 on the OBIS-USA web site and is available at

Record Count 908, Taxa Count 3
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 18.37   S: 18.35   E: -64.73   W: -64.79

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Garrison, V.H.
Dataset Title: Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant Study
Dataset Release Date: 2010
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey Southeast Ecological Science Center
Data Presentation Form: database
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1999-05-26
Stop Date: 2009-04-04
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Dataset ID: VINPCoralTransplantStudy

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 303-887-6043
Email: Philip.Goldstein at
Distribution Format: Text
Fees: None
Email: Ginger_Garrison at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-05-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24